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    Default 12 volt BEE hive ventilator

    I love building and tinkering and I ran across this thing

    So here are the parts for this thing:

    http://www.beecoolventilators.com/products.php

    I want to make one myself but I am sure I can buy a lot of the components at the microcenter but need the specs on what I was shopping for.

    Anyone have any ideas?

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    Default Re: 12 volt BEE hive ventilator

    looks like a standard CPU fan. FWIW I think it may very well be the craziest thing I have ever seen when it comes to bees. The bees do a fine job of regulating hive temp, I think this would make it harder for them.

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    Default Re: 12 volt BEE hive ventilator

    I put one of these on a hive that I have and it seams to be working fine

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    Default Re: 12 volt BEE hive ventilator

    I doubt more ventilation is beneficial to the bees... might be counterproductive.
    If you only have a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.
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    Default Re: 12 volt BEE hive ventilator

    Insects talk by pheromones. Go ahead and blow them all out of the hive. The brood needs to be 96 degrees and 50 percent humidity. There are probably a few more but why overdo it.
    americasbeekeeper.com
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    Default Re: 12 volt BEE hive ventilator

    Yeah....blowing pheremone out of the hive might be counter productive. My bees have nearly sealed up the ventilation holes in the inner cover. I guess they must know what the heck they are doing.As much as bearding my look bothersome they will do it anyway....Oh well.
    Quote Originally Posted by AmericasBeekeeper View Post
    Insects talk by pheromones. Go ahead and blow them all out of the hive. The brood needs to be 96 degrees and 50 percent humidity. There are probably a few more but why overdo it.

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    Default Re: 12 volt BEE hive ventilator

    looks like one "( seems to work )" - from a user versus a bunch of "(dumb idea)" from non users.
    if you have a couple of hives for a side by side comparison, please let us know how it works out.
    ( of course few of my side by side hives work the same, experiments or not
    Good Luck CE
    Started summer of 2013, just another new guy, tinkering with bees.

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    Default Re: 12 volt BEE hive ventilator

    I would be interested in the eficacy of this device. I would love to build something but there is a lot to be said about trying to 2nd guess the bees in general and the issue of deregulating what the bees have spent millions of years doing is dubious- I make a post then argue with myself?
    Quote Originally Posted by tech.35058 View Post
    looks like one "( seems to work )" - from a user versus a bunch of "(dumb idea)" from non users.
    if you have a couple of hives for a side by side comparison, please let us know how it works out.
    ( of course few of my side by side hives work the same, experiments or not
    Good Luck CE

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    Default Re: 12 volt BEE hive ventilator

    Quote Originally Posted by vdotmatrix View Post
    I would be interested in the eficacy of this device.
    I'd venture that this devices is efficient at its purpose. You just need to understand what its real purpose is: to make the seller some money. It seems to be doing that.
    Zone 5B

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    Default Re: 12 volt BEE hive ventilator

    Better read the book written by the son of Dadant on the Dadant bee hive system. Chapter on frame spacing. And forget about the geek stuff.

    Here you can download the book for free:

    Dadant System of Beekeeping
    http://www.three-peaks.net/PDF/Dadan...ing%201920.pdf

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    Default Re: 12 volt BEE hive ventilator

    One of the largest PDF's !!! I sent this document to my kindle..thanks for this !
    Quote Originally Posted by BernhardHeuvel View Post
    Better read the book written by the son of Dadant on the Dadant bee hive system. Chapter on frame spacing. And forget about the geek stuff.

    Here you can download the book for free:

    Dadant System of Beekeeping
    http://www.three-peaks.net/PDF/Dadan...ing%201920.pdf

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    Default Re: 12 volt BEE hive ventilator

    My ventilation system costs nothing and runs on honey and is completely controlled by the bees...
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    Default Re: 12 volt BEE hive ventilator

    lol aint that the truth!!!!
    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Bush View Post
    My ventilation system costs nothing and runs on honey and is completely controlled by the bees...

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    Default Re: 12 volt BEE hive ventilator

    Yep, a stick under the corner of the top is pretty cheap.

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    Default Re: 12 volt BEE hive ventilator

    Quote Originally Posted by vdotmatrix View Post
    A solution looking for a problem.
    --shinbone
    (4th year, Zone 5b, 10/12 hives survived W'14)

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    Default Re: 12 volt BEE hive ventilator

    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Bush View Post
    My ventilation system costs nothing and runs on honey and is completely controlled by the bees...
    I love this guy.
    The Education Of A Man Is Never Completed Until He Dies -- Robert E. Lee

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